George Beall (attorney)
|Died||January 15, 2017 (aged 79)|
|Known for||Criminal prosecution of Spiro T. Agnew|
George Beall (August 17, 1937 – January 15, 2017) was a prominent U.S. attorney. He is most widely known for prosecuting Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew for bribery. This prosecution led to Agnew's resignation as Vice President in 1973.
Beall was born in Frostburg, Maryland, on August 17, 1937 to his parents, future U.S. Senator James Glenn Beall and the former Margaret Schwarzenbach. He was one of three sons, the eldest also being a future U.S. Senator from Maryland, John Glenn Beall Jr..
After clerking for Chief Judge Simon E. Sobeloff of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, then Governor of Maryland, Spiro Agnew appointed Beall, a fellow Republican, to the Maryland Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. Beall was appointed United States attorney in 1970.
He opened an investigation of corruption in Baltimore County of public officials and architects, engineering, and paving contractors. One contractor, Lester Matz, stated that he had been paying "Agnew kickbacks in exchange for contracts for years — first when Agnew was the Baltimore County Executive, then when he was Governor of Maryland and Vice President." Another witness, Jerome B. Wolff, head of Maryland's roads commission, stated that his attic was filled with documentation that detailed "every corrupt payment he participated in with then-Governor Agnew."
- Sandomir, Richard (18 January 2017). "George Beall, Prosecutor Who Brought Down Agnew, Dies at 79". New York Times. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
- Cannon, James M. (1998). Time and Chance: Gerald Ford's Appointment with History. University of Michigan Press. p. 184. ISBN 0-472-08482-8.